How cookies are used by Directgov

GOVUK links to services built for Directgov which may still have cookies set. This page explains what cookies are still used by the remaining Directgov services.

What are cookies?

Cookies are small files that websites save to your computer.

These cookies aren’t used to identify you personally but they can remember activities and preferences chosen by you and your browser. You can manage cookies by controlling which cookies are saved or by deleting them, if you wish.

This page has information about the cookies used on Directgov services. For an overview of how cookies are used on government websites, follow the link below.

How government websites use cookies

Third party advertising cookies

Where government uses advertising, it is responsible for making sure that money is spent effectively. Cookies can help do this by measuring which adverts work best.

Cookies can also help target adverts. For example, if someone visits a government site to apply for a passport, it is likely that they are thinking of travelling abroad. A cookie would help government target travel-advice messages at them.

In all cases this information is strictly anonymous; no-one can be identified personally. And this type of 'behavioural' targeting is never used in sensitive areas such as campaigns around health issues or drugs advice.

The following cookies are used on pages which are being marketed:

Doubleclick

Cookie name  Purpose Expires
id (doubleclick.net) Saves information on how you reach and interact with a page. The cookies can also control the display and selection of adverts on the site you came from. For example, if you've already visited a page, you may be less likely to see an advert for it. 2 years.

Group M

Cookie name  Purpose Expires
id, OAX, mdata (mookie1.com) Saves information on how you reach and interact with a page. The cookies can also control the display and selection of adverts on the site you came from. For example, if you've already visited a page, you may be less likely to see an advert for it. 13 months.

Cookies for using Local Directgov services - local.direct.gov.uk

When you put in your location to find a local council service (eg 'pay your council tax'), Local Directgov needs a cookie to work.

Cookie name  Purpose Expires
JSESSIONID This cookie allows the service to remember selections and preferences that you've already made or information that you've already given. When you close the browser.

Cookies placed by other Directgov websites

Government services run by departments and agencies which use a Directgov address (URL) sometimes use their own cookies. These include the following:

Act on CO2 - carboncalculator.direct.gov.uk

Cookie name  Purpose Expires
ASP.NET_SessionId This cookie allows the service to remember selections and preferences that you’ve already made or information that you've already given. When you close the browser.

Benefits adviser - direct.gov.uk/benefitsadviser

Cookie name  Purpose Expires
Arrowpoint; Portal OSSO; Oracle Access Manager; Oracle HTTP Server These cookies help site navigation, user authentication and service availability. When you leave the website.

Car fuel data, CO2 and vehicle tax tools - carfueldata.direct.gov.uk

Cookie name  Purpose Expires
ASP.NET_SessionId This cookie allows the service to remember selections and preferences that you’ve already made or information that you've already given. When you close the browser.

Driving licenses – online services

For cookie information, see: http://www.dft.gov.uk/dvla/privacy/DLO%20privacy.aspx?ext=dg

Driving tests (practical and theory) - driverpracticaltest.direct.gov.uk or theorytest.direct.gov.uk

Cookie name  Purpose Expires
ASP.NET_SessionId, JSESSIONID These cookies allow the service to remember selections and preferences that you’ve already made or information that you've already given. When you close the browser.
wt_id, WT_FPC and ACOOKIE These are analytics cookies which collect information about how people use this site. wt_id - 1 year; WT_FPC, ACOOKIE - 10 years.
VUE_LOCALE Stores your choice of language (English or Welsh). 1 year.

Email DVLA - emaildvla.direct.gov.uk

Name: ARTP. For cookie information, see: https://emaildvla.direct.gov.uk/emaildvla/cegemail/directgov/en/privacy_policy.html

Energy Performance Certificates adviser - epcadviser.direct.gov.uk

Cookie name  Purpose Expires
JSESSIONID This cookie allows the service to remember selections and preferences that you’ve already made or information that you've already given. When you close the browser.
site-text-size This cookie allows the site to remember the text size you've set. When you close the browser.

Find your nearest driving instructor - finddrivinginstructor.direct.gov.uk

Name: org.springframework, JSESSIONID. For cookie information, see: http://www.dft.gov.uk/publications/cookies

Find your nearest services (IPS office, IPS Customer Service Centre and local register office) - maps.direct.gov.uk

Cookie name  Purpose Expires
JSESSIONID This cookie allows the service to remember selections and preferences that you've already made or information that you've already given. When you close the browser.

Jobcentre Plus local office search - los.direct.gov.uk

Cookie name  Purpose Expires
asp.net_sessionid This cookie allows the service to remember selections and preferences that you've already made or information that you've already given. When you close the browser.

Jobseeker's Allowance - direct.gov.uk/jsaonline

Cookie name  Purpose Expires
Arrowpoint; Portal OSSO; Oracle Access Manager; Oracle HTTP Server These cookies help site navigation, user authentication and service availability When you leave the website.

Personalised numberplates - dvlaregistrations.direct.gov.uk

Name: PHPSESSID, lastvisit, original_dvid. For cookie information, see: http://www.dft.gov.uk/dvla/privacy/RegistrationCookies.aspx

Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service - qavs.direct.gov.uk

Name: _qavs_session, TS. For cookie information, see: https://qavs.direct.gov.uk/cookies

Schools and children centre finder - schoolsfinder.direct.gov.uk

Cookie name  Purpose Expires
CFID This is a randomly generated number that identifies your browser. When you close the browser.
CFTOKEN This is a randomly generated number that identifies your browser. When you close the browser.

Sharp - sharp.direct.gov.uk

Name: SESS. For cookie information, see: http://www.dft.gov.uk/site/terms/privacy-and-cookie

Student finance online services - studentfinance.direct.gov.uk

Cookie name  Purpose Expires
JSESSIONID This is a randomly generated number that identifies your browser. When you close the browser.
last_request A timestamp. It helps the service to work by tracking last visit to ‘my account’ screen. When you close the browser.
OHS-secure.studentfinance.direct.gov.uk Randomly generated key. Tracking of secure authentication status. When you close the browser.
Oracle-ECID This cookie contains a unique number that identifies your session. It is used by the service to help in fault diagnosis. When you close the browser.
ORACLE_SMP_CHRONOS_GL, ORACLE_SMP_CHRONOS_LT, ORACLE_SMP_CHRONOS_ST These cookies help track users through a session to improve performance. When you close the browser.
orasso This cookie indicates that you have logged on to one of the sites covered by the Single Sign-On policy. If you subesquently access another site covered by the policy you do not have to log on again. When you close the browser.
portal This cookie is used to record which parts of the website you have visited. When you close the browser.

Tales of the Road - sharp.direct.gov.uk

Name: SESS. For cookie information, see: http://www.dft.gov.uk/site/terms/privacy-and-cookie

Tax Disc applications - taxdisc.direct.gov.uk

Cookie name  Purpose Expires
session This cookie allows the service to remember selections and preferences that you've already made or information that you've already given. When you close the browser.

Think! - think.direct.gov.uk

Name: usy46gabsosd. For cookie information, see: http://www.dft.gov.uk/publications/cookies/

Unistats - unistats.direct.gov.uk

Name: AnonymousUserId, __RequestVerificationToken_Lw__, ASP.NET_SessionId, .ASPXAUTH, Unistats.Cookies, Google Analytics cookies

For cookie information, see: http://unistats.direct.gov.uk/cookies/

Volunteering search - volunteering.direct.gov.uk

Name: PHPSESSID, DCT-Legacy, usy46gabsosd. For cookie information, see: http://www.homeoffice.gov.uk/terms

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